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Move over, Betty and Veronica this is Daphne and Velma like you've never seen before! This dark new series of YA novels is a spine-tingling twist on the classic girl detectives from Scooby-Doo. Despite their differences, Daphne and Velma were able to solve the mystery of The Vanishing Girl. But there are a lot of secrets buried in the town of Crystal Cove. And the biggest c Move over, Betty and Veronica this is Daphne and Velma like you've never seen before! This dark new series of YA novels is a spine-tingling twist on the classic girl detectives from Scooby-Doo. Despite their differences, Daphne and Velma were able to solve the mystery of The Vanishing Girl. But there are a lot of secrets buried in the town of Crystal Cove. And the biggest case of all still remains unsolved... why did the town's original settlers all disappear? What happened to them? Velma is determined to find out... especially because her family's ancestors were among the disappeared. And now that she and Daphne have started to get a reputation for solving mysteries, everyone in town is looking to them for answers. But digging up the past can be dangerous... especially when some people in town have profited from the mystery for so long. Can these two intrepid teen detectives crack the case... and escape with their lives?


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Move over, Betty and Veronica this is Daphne and Velma like you've never seen before! This dark new series of YA novels is a spine-tingling twist on the classic girl detectives from Scooby-Doo. Despite their differences, Daphne and Velma were able to solve the mystery of The Vanishing Girl. But there are a lot of secrets buried in the town of Crystal Cove. And the biggest c Move over, Betty and Veronica this is Daphne and Velma like you've never seen before! This dark new series of YA novels is a spine-tingling twist on the classic girl detectives from Scooby-Doo. Despite their differences, Daphne and Velma were able to solve the mystery of The Vanishing Girl. But there are a lot of secrets buried in the town of Crystal Cove. And the biggest case of all still remains unsolved... why did the town's original settlers all disappear? What happened to them? Velma is determined to find out... especially because her family's ancestors were among the disappeared. And now that she and Daphne have started to get a reputation for solving mysteries, everyone in town is looking to them for answers. But digging up the past can be dangerous... especially when some people in town have profited from the mystery for so long. Can these two intrepid teen detectives crack the case... and escape with their lives?

30 review for The Dark Deception

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dylan

    4 stars. This was pretty good! I didn't like it as much as the first, but not enough to rate it lower.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Blue

    Want to see more... Bookstagram Website Thank you Scholastic for this book in exchange for an honest review The Dark Deception is the second book in the serious and I dare say that it was better than the first? I mean both were book but honestly this one is just as amazing! Daphne and Velma have a new mystery on their hands. Jewels have washed up on the shore of Crystal Cove and no one is putting up their hands to find the lost jewels. Whilst Crystal Cove is known for unsolved mysteries, this was Want to see more... Bookstagram Website Thank you Scholastic for this book in exchange for an honest review The Dark Deception is the second book in the serious and I dare say that it was better than the first? I mean both were book but honestly this one is just as amazing! Daphne and Velma have a new mystery on their hands. Jewels have washed up on the shore of Crystal Cove and no one is putting up their hands to find the lost jewels. Whilst Crystal Cove is known for unsolved mysteries, this was one that Daphne and Velma can’t let slide and have to solve. I love how their friendship has strengthened since their first book and I am all for the character development which added great value to the plot. Reading these books of my favourite childhood leading ladies, is just amazing. I can’t wait to see what other mystery they face next!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Fern

    What can I say, I just enjoy these books so so much. For anyone who loves quick mysteries, and those nostalgic 70s vibes, this is honestly the perfect series. The books are always snappy, entertaining and just cryptic enough to keep you hooked without being too elaborate or too predictable - just like the original Scooby show. These books truly emanate the feeling of their origins and that’s what makes me the most happy. ⠀ Now in The Dark Deception, the second book in this series, we’re no longer What can I say, I just enjoy these books so so much. For anyone who loves quick mysteries, and those nostalgic 70s vibes, this is honestly the perfect series. The books are always snappy, entertaining and just cryptic enough to keep you hooked without being too elaborate or too predictable - just like the original Scooby show. These books truly emanate the feeling of their origins and that’s what makes me the most happy. ⠀ Now in The Dark Deception, the second book in this series, we’re no longer investigating a murder but the location of Crystal Cove itself. Jewels keep washing up on shore and Daphne and Velma are determined to find out where they’re coming from and why. Like all good Scooby-Doo mysteries it’s not just about the initial puzzle, there are greater things constantly in the works and the mystery is not so straight forward. The entire town is riddled with oddities and questions, and there’s something strange going on with Shaggy amidst the core lot. I’m not going to expand too much more on the plot, because the true fun of a mystery is dissecting it for yourself, but I will say that all the little details in this story just help to further tie the characters of the entire Mystery Inc gang together. Once again, I truly enjoyed watching Daphne and Velma as they continued to solidify their friendship and develop as individuals with their own unique quirks and styles. ⠀ I honestly am so happy to have this series in my life, acting almost like a prequel to the Scooby show I grew up watching and loving. It gives the characters so much more depth, and their fondness for mysteries context. I think overall I enjoyed the first book a fraction more, but it was still extremely fun to read. I’m excited to see where the story will go next! Thank you to Scholastic for providing me this copy to review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Canaves

    If you’re looking for a mystery to give you nostalgic feels (for those who grew up with the Scooby gang) but sans murder, this is an entertaining pick. The series takes you back to the beginning and gives you a look at how Daphne and Velma became friends again, after a fallout, and how together they start solving crimes in Crystal Cove. Think of it as the prequel to the Scooby-Doo series, where you really get to know the characters beyond the stereotypes, watch the friendships grow, them deal wi If you’re looking for a mystery to give you nostalgic feels (for those who grew up with the Scooby gang) but sans murder, this is an entertaining pick. The series takes you back to the beginning and gives you a look at how Daphne and Velma became friends again, after a fallout, and how together they start solving crimes in Crystal Cove. Think of it as the prequel to the Scooby-Doo series, where you really get to know the characters beyond the stereotypes, watch the friendships grow, them deal with family issues, navigate teen years, and of course, most importantly, solve some mysteries. I recommend starting with the first for two reasons: it shows Daphne and Velma’s friendship being repaired; this one gives you the entire solve of the first book. However, if you want to skip the first because you only want a non-murder mystery, you won’t be confused reading this one. Now about The Dark Deception: it’s all about the jewels. The jewels that keep washing up on the Crystal Cove shore. Where are they coming from and why? But, like any good Scooby-Doo mystery there is more to solve than one thing–I mean the whole town is a mystery–but also the girls are spying on Shaggy because something is up with him and they want to know what. Watch Daphne get an internship and Velma navigate who she is as they try and solidify their friendship, slowly build ties to their future gang, and solve some of these mysteries while being pesky kids. --from Book Riot's Unusual Suspects newsletter: https://link.bookriot.com/view/56a820...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    Daphne and Velma are back with another mystery on their hands. This time it's the jewels that have been washing up the shore of Crystal Cove. While Crystal Cove is famous for its unsolved mysteries and a fair amount of unexplainable happenings, people of this town have always been on a look out for more. As Daphne and Velma joined forces and try their somewhat expert sleuthing to get to the bottom of this, they are yet again pulled in a spiral of age-old mystery and a conspiracy. This the second b Daphne and Velma are back with another mystery on their hands. This time it's the jewels that have been washing up the shore of Crystal Cove. While Crystal Cove is famous for its unsolved mysteries and a fair amount of unexplainable happenings, people of this town have always been on a look out for more. As Daphne and Velma joined forces and try their somewhat expert sleuthing to get to the bottom of this, they are yet again pulled in a spiral of age-old mystery and a conspiracy. This the second book in the series and to be honest I liked the first book more. This was one of my most anticipated release. I wasn't disappointed or anything, I just felt that the characters were tad out of their depth. The friendship goals that was shown in their previous adventure, seemed a little dull. The mystery of jewels was one of the best thing about the whole plot, I loved that. The book although completes its storyline but right at the end, the beginning of a new mystery is hinted therefore I assume there will be another book which I will definitely read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Genie in a Novel

    *First thoughts: 4.5 stars because I want more Fred* ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ The Dark Deception picks up where we left Daphne and Velma, which is to solve a mystery that’s going on with their friend Shaggy. He pretty much keeps to himself, but the warning they got from Marcy (the vanished girl in the previous book) has them a bit worried, so they tail him. Then something really weird happens at Crystal Cove… a ton of jewels wash up on their beach. So now this sleuthing duo has two mysteries to solve, but it *First thoughts: 4.5 stars because I want more Fred* ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ The Dark Deception picks up where we left Daphne and Velma, which is to solve a mystery that’s going on with their friend Shaggy. He pretty much keeps to himself, but the warning they got from Marcy (the vanished girl in the previous book) has them a bit worried, so they tail him. Then something really weird happens at Crystal Cove… a ton of jewels wash up on their beach. So now this sleuthing duo has two mysteries to solve, but it turns out they might be connected. There wasn’t as much about the history of Daphne and Velma’s friendship in this book as the last one, but you can see how they’re on the mend and falling back into their old groove. Of course, this book was more about solving the mystery, not about the previously broken friendship, but we still do get to see how the girls are becoming close to each other once again, which brings up some cute moments. Girl friendships are the best when they’re genuine. On another note, this one proved to me why Velma is my favorite character of the Scooby gang, because she is such a sass ball and I loved every second of it. We do get to see more of Shaggy this time around, which is awesome because I also love Shaggy, but I do wish we had more Fred. Maybe in the next book we’ll get more of him. And yes, there is a third book coming! The author herself said so. So if you haven’t picked up either of the Daphne and Velma books yet, what are you waiting for? It’s definitely a must-read if you’re a Scooby-Doo fan!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Time spent with the Scooby Gang is always a delight. I especially like this series in which they are more grown up than in the cartoon with all the teen problems and drama. I didn't find the mystery in this one as compelling as the one in the first book but it was still pretty interesting. I listened to the audiobook and the narration was very good although I sometimes couldn't easily distinguish between Daphne and Velma. This was a fun, quick listen and a perfect palate cleaner from the darker Time spent with the Scooby Gang is always a delight. I especially like this series in which they are more grown up than in the cartoon with all the teen problems and drama. I didn't find the mystery in this one as compelling as the one in the first book but it was still pretty interesting. I listened to the audiobook and the narration was very good although I sometimes couldn't easily distinguish between Daphne and Velma. This was a fun, quick listen and a perfect palate cleaner from the darker more murdery books I usually choose.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jem

    Thank you to @scholastic_au for sending me a copy of this one for review. This one is the second book about Daphne and Velma and we again follow them as they solve another mystery in Crystal Cove. Again it was told from Daphne and Velmas POV, alternating each chapter. I love the friendship that Daphne and Velma have, they don't always get along but they always figure things out when they don't. They again have some different views on things but still manage to work together to solve rhe mystery. Thank you to @scholastic_au for sending me a copy of this one for review. This one is the second book about Daphne and Velma and we again follow them as they solve another mystery in Crystal Cove. Again it was told from Daphne and Velmas POV, alternating each chapter. I love the friendship that Daphne and Velma have, they don't always get along but they always figure things out when they don't. They again have some different views on things but still manage to work together to solve rhe mystery. Shaggy and Scooby are featured a bit more in this one and we learn a bit more about Shaggy and his family. We of course have the mystery to be solved which I never can figure out before the end, I always have an idea but not the whole answer. It was an enjoyable read that still has the same vibe as the movie and shows that I remember 😊 .

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    This is a cute YA series that brings back nostalgia being that it's based on the Scooby-Doo cartoons. I really like the friendship between Daphne and Velma and the mysteries are right out of the cartoons.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Liberty

    I hate Ram. I'm sorry I do hate him. And I wanna cry for Shaggy. DON'T DO THAT TO MY FAVORITE CHARACTER JUST DON'T

  11. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    It is more like 3.5, the first book was much better. I do really enjoy listening to these story. I look forward in more stories to come and hopefully more of the whole Scooby Group.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Risingsun

    I liked the first book in this series a lot more. It felt like not much happened in this entire book. Most of it was just a lot of stretched out inner monologues and scenes to fill out time. In the end the mystery was small and took a back seat to a non-romance and more set up for future books. Also that pseudo Daphne romance took up a ton of pages but was never really developed beyond just young raging hormones.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    I liked the first one better. Velma didn’t read as gay in this one, which I was REALLY disappointed in. She read as hella gay for Daphne in The Vanishing Girl, I was hoping for more. Maybe it’s the fact that they’re written by different authors. The Daphne/Shaggy angle is different, I guess. There’s only so many ways you can mix and match the four of them, haha. I hate Velma/Fred. 😵 Plus there’s the gay Hex Girl, I think Luna? GIVE ME MORE OF HER GIVE ME MORE HEX GIRLS 🗣🗣🗣 My one complaint is the I liked the first one better. Velma didn’t read as gay in this one, which I was REALLY disappointed in. She read as hella gay for Daphne in The Vanishing Girl, I was hoping for more. Maybe it’s the fact that they’re written by different authors. The Daphne/Shaggy angle is different, I guess. There’s only so many ways you can mix and match the four of them, haha. I hate Velma/Fred. 😵 Plus there’s the gay Hex Girl, I think Luna? GIVE ME MORE OF HER GIVE ME MORE HEX GIRLS 🗣🗣🗣 My one complaint is the characters don’t read as typical 21st century teenagers. However I don’t currently know any, but I don’t think they talk like this. Oh and Daphne’s crush on Ram was a bit icky to me. I guess these books aren’t 100% ~wholesome~ what with breaking and entering and knives being held to throats and kidnapped teens, ahaha but it didn’t feel genuine or true to the character. Also also, Velma does sometimes read as kind of salty and bitter, which is tiresome. Like okay we get it you were bullied and alone the past six years with no friends. Move on already. 😂 Same with Daphne, they’re writing her like it’s a novel idea that she’s not the damsel, “Danger Prone” girl of the cartoons. She has depth like a real teenager but we keep being reminded. Just show it to me, instead of having her repeat it constantly. That being said, I do really enjoy the small town mysteries, and I wonder if the next one is the last one, where we’ll learn the truth of “The Vanishing?” Can’t wait to read it next year. I hope there’s more of the whole gang. 😁

  14. 4 out of 5

    Madeline

    Although I didn’t like this one as much as the first, I still loved it. The mystery wasn’t as thrilling and there wasn’t as much of Daphne and Velma’s relationship in this book. I would have liked the unveiling of the story to be a little more clear and concise. The clues were weird and innocuous to me. What I did love about book no. 2 is that we get more Shaggy! It’s nice to learn more about him and his family’s history. I hope the series continues because I am really enjoying Crystal Cove’s set Although I didn’t like this one as much as the first, I still loved it. The mystery wasn’t as thrilling and there wasn’t as much of Daphne and Velma’s relationship in this book. I would have liked the unveiling of the story to be a little more clear and concise. The clues were weird and innocuous to me. What I did love about book no. 2 is that we get more Shaggy! It’s nice to learn more about him and his family’s history. I hope the series continues because I am really enjoying Crystal Cove’s setting and the development of the characters. Plus we see someone great female empowerment. If you like Scooby Doo and want a guilty pleasure read, this youthful mystery (and hopefully the third) is probably for you!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Britney Dillon

    I am absolutely in love with this new series. Velma and Daphne are very well-written. They are complex and layered, and both a lot of fun. They are given believable, interesting backstories, and are well-situated for their updated characters. I like that Shaggy, Scooby-Doo, and Fred are present, but peripheral, and the girls and their friendship is let to take the spotlight. The mysteries are fun ones, and I like seeing how the girls work the mystery. I am really looking forward to the final boo I am absolutely in love with this new series. Velma and Daphne are very well-written. They are complex and layered, and both a lot of fun. They are given believable, interesting backstories, and are well-situated for their updated characters. I like that Shaggy, Scooby-Doo, and Fred are present, but peripheral, and the girls and their friendship is let to take the spotlight. The mysteries are fun ones, and I like seeing how the girls work the mystery. I am really looking forward to the final book in the series to see how the big arc wraps up.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Chatman

    A really fun refresh of the Scooby Doo gang. Velma and Daphne are the perfect investigative team. A great read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Erin Kymes

    Can’t get enough!!! I am a 32 year old woman reading a YA novel about my favorite childhood cartoon, and I can’t get enough. 🤣🤣🤣

  18. 4 out of 5

    alunia

    ok but... daphne and velma girlfriends WHEN???

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chris Calderon

    Keeps you interested throughout. I had a small issue with the end but overall good. I'd definitely recommend it to others.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cecily Kraft

    I loved this!❤️😊🙌

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlynne

    Another fantastic installment. Still reminds me how much I love Scooby Doo, and probably always will. I love that these have given us an updated version of something we all know and love. Not sure how I feel about the relationships getting shaken up from what I think is the usual, but we'll see how it all plays out.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Keely

    another great book in the series! a couple minor things bothered me such as the quick character personality changes, but overall this felt as strong as the first and i was just as interested in the story.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Robin Webb

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

  25. 5 out of 5

    Linz

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

  27. 4 out of 5

    Christine Nguyen

  28. 4 out of 5

    Megan Gastineau

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tracie

  30. 5 out of 5

    Artemis

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